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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions & Academics


» Are classes still being held?
» Is SBU still holding admissions events?
» Has SBU changed the way it is admitting undergraduate students due to the COVID-19 issue?
» Will Summer Sessions continue to be offered?
» Is my Study Abroad Program still happening?

Are classes still being held?

The university switched to online-only class delivery this week, with classes beginning no later than Wednesday, March 18. Faculty will reach out to students to explain their plans.

Students were given the option to stay on campus or return home. Online-only classes continue through March 27, at which time university administrators will determine if an extension of online delivery is needed.

Is SBU still holding admissions events?

The Office of Admissions is being intentionally conservative in reviewing our scheduled calendar of events. If you have registered for an upcoming event, please check the event listing for information and instructions. Click here for more information.

Has SBU changed the way it is admitting undergraduate students due to the COVID-19 issue?

SBU is still actively accepting and reviewing applications, and enrolling students for the upcoming fall semester. The university is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation, coordinating with local and state health authorities, to ensure the health and safety of its campus. 

Will Summer Sessions continue to be offered?

Registration for summer sessions is now open. 

Is my Study Abroad Program still happening?

All of St. Bonaventure's study abroad programs have been cancelled. Contact your program director to discuss if refunds are available.

Risk

» What is the severity of COVID-19?
» What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
» Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
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How is SBU ensuring health on campus?

What is the severity of COVID-19?

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a report out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases.

Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other viral illnesses. Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

No vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 is available; medical care provided to ill individuals is supportive in nature. 

How is SBU ensuring health on campus?

To ensure the health and safety of the university community, SBU Student Health Services is coordinating with local and state health authorities to implement multiple measures — including screening SBU students who report possible symptoms or recent travel to areas impacted by the novel coronavirus.

The Medical Services Provider in Health Services, in consultation with the director of the student Wellness Center, is the primary campus contact and serves as liaison to an extensive network of health care resources that provide timely guidance.

Effective March 9, 2020, SBU’s Health Services will temporarily not be accepting any walk-in appointments. 

Because of the current national and international COVID-19 emergency, all St. Bonaventure University Health Services patients are required to complete a questionnaire PRIOR to being seen at the Wellness Center. Patients can submit the answers to the questionnaire via the Patient Portal at https://sbu.medicatconnect.com.

The university has also restricted overnight visitors, suspended extracurricular actiivities and cancelled events that would have brought visitors to campus.



Employees

» Can staff and supervisors request alternate work arrangements?
» How should social distancing be practiced on campus?
» I’m having trouble with childcare, can I bring my children to work with me?
» I’m scheduled to work but don’t want to come in because of personal concerns about my safety. How do I charge my time?
» I’m feeling sick or my family member is sick. What if it is COVID-19?
» What if one of my coworkers is diagnosed with COVID-19?
» What if I or a family member is exposed to COVID-19 and have to be isolated or quarantined, how do I charge my time?
» What if I’m worried about all this? Who can I talk to?

Can staff and supervisors request alternate work arrangements?

Since the university continues to provide services to students both on-site and off-site, we must continue, necessarily, to provide those services with as many “boots on the ground” as possible.  In certain health-related or extreme hardship cases, the university has created a new emergency remote worksite application process. Forms are available from Human Resources and are completed by the employee and reviewed by the employee’s supervisor, Human Resources, the Vice President for Administration, and the President. 

Alternate arrangements can also consist of changing your normal start and end times. For some individuals the nature of their job is such that they must be physically present on campus to perform it. For these individuals, your primary choice then is to have a discussion with your supervisor to see if different hours or a different shift are options for you.

How should social distancing be practiced on campus?

You’ve already heard about not handshaking (or hugging), keeping 3-6 feet apart, and basically not breathing each other’s air. As much as possible, the university is using technology to have video meetings, conference calls, and online chats. All social gatherings and most in-person meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future to be replaced by technology. Dining halls are take-out only and we continue to strongly encourage folks to direct deposit their paychecks. (Also consider your own office - like a bowl of candy on your desk.)

I’m having trouble with childcare, can I bring my children to work with me?

At this time there is a total campus ban on outside visitors. This ban includes non-essential vendors, job applicants, and your children. Parents who bring children to work will be asked to take them home. If you need to stay home with your children, you may charge vacation or personal leave or take the time without pay. In a no-pay scenario, SBU’s contribution to your health insurance would continue for up to three months.

I’m scheduled to work but don’t want to come in because of personal concerns about my safety. How do I charge my time?

First, we believe the SBU campus is one of the safer places to be in all of New York state. But if you feel you cannot come to work, you can charge your vacation or personal time for the absence. If you do not have accrued leave, you may request the time unpaid. Talk to your supervisor about this and other options.

I’m feeling sick or my family member is sick. What if it is COVID-19?

Regardless of what you think is wrong, when you are sick or a family member is sick, STAY HOME and use your sick time. We are currently allowing those folks with inadequate sick leave balances to go into a negative balance for up to 14 days. If you have a diagnosis of COVID-19, you must report the infection to the Human Resources office. Family Medical Leave (FMLA) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) may also be available depending on which benefits are available to you.

What if one of my coworkers is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Anyone working in the same building or area will be informed that a coworker has contracted the virus. For personal and legal reasons, we will never reveal the identity of the coworker.

What if I or a family member is exposed to COVID-19 and have to be isolated or quarantined, how do I charge my time?

Employees who are not ill but become quarantined by the Cattaraugus County Health Department or other authorized agency, AND whose job responsibilities do not allow for them to work remotely, will be placed on Administrative paid leave during the quarantine period after contacting the Human Resources office with official documentation. Employees will not be required to use vacation, sick, or personal leave during the quarantine period.  

Employees who are in isolation due to possible infection will be placed on Administrative paid leave during the isolation period.  

If you become ill during isolation or quarantine your leave would convert to sick time.

What if I’m worried about all this? Who can I talk to?

All employees have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is a free counseling service that may be reached at 1-800-386-7055 and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also access the program online at www.ibhworklife.com. 
User name: Matters
Password: wlm70101

For those with SBU’s health insurance, counseling services are a covered expense OR you can use the Doctor on Demand app (inputting your insurance info) and speak to a counselor from any location any time day or night (with a zero dollar copay on the app).

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